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Chevrolet Cruze

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze delivers strong performance and a high-quality, roomy interior for a compact car. Test drivers also like its new fuel-efficient diesel engine option.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.2
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Chevrolet Sonic

#11 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic’s smooth ride, spacious cabin and great handling make it a standout in the subcompact class, reviewers say.   Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.2
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Chevrolet Spark

#27 in Affordable Small Cars

Though rivals offer more power, test drivers say that the 2014 Chevrolet Spark offers a spacious, attractive interior and a low starting price. Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.0
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Dodge Dart

#19 in Affordable Small Cars

Most reviewers like the 2014 Dodge Dart’s sporty handling, user-friendly tech features and comfortable cabin, but they say rival compacts are faster and get better gas mileage. Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
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Dodge Journey

#12 in Affordable Compact SUVs

While they like its available infotainment system, auto writers say the 2014 Dodge Journey's underpowered four-cylinder engine and poor fuel economy estimates put it behind other compact SUVs. Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
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FIAT 500

#24 in Affordable Small Cars

The 2014 Fiat 500 is undeniably chic and fun to drive, auto writers say, but its modestly powered base engine and cramped rear seats make rival subcompacts more attractive. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:7.5
Interior:6.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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FIAT 500L

#7 in Upscale Small Cars

Test drivers say that the all-new Fiat 500L combines ample cargo space, hip styling and user-friendly tech features, all at a competitive price point.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Ford Fiesta

#7 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2014 Ford Fiesta excels where many subcompact cars fall flat with its nimble handling, great fuel economy and an impressive list of optional features. Because it has the best combination ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.4
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.5
Safety:8.0
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Ford Focus

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

Nimble handling, good fuel economy and an upscale interior are just a few of the reasons why the 2014 Ford Focus ranks a notch above most other compact cars, test drivers say. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.0
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Honda Civic

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

Auto writers say the 2014 Honda Civic’s smooth powertrain, strong resale value and wealth of standard features make it a solid contender in an increasingly crowded field. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.3
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Honda CR-Z

#27 in Affordable Small Cars

Auto writers say that while the 2014 Honda CR-Z is one of the sharpest-handling hybrids on the market, it’s far from a sports car and its two-seat interior makes it less practical than ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.4
Safety:9.1
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Honda Fit

#1 in Affordable Small Cars

Abundant cargo space, a roomy back seat and a comfortable ride make the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit a standout among small hatchbacks, reviewers say. It also has superb fuel economy ratings. Read full review»

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Overall:9.0
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.7
Safety:9.5
Reliability: NA
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Honda Insight

#36 in Affordable Small Cars

Though it costs less than other hybrids, test drivers say the 2014 Honda Insight is outshined by rivals offering more features, better fuel economy and more refined powertrains. Read full review»

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Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.7
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Hyundai Accent

#13 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers say the 2014 Hyundai Accent has a comfortable ride, an attractive interior and ample cargo space, but it doesn’t offer as many tech features as rivals. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.0
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Hyundai Elantra

#14 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers praise the 2014 Hyundai Elantra for its ample cargo space, generous amount of legroom and nimble handling. They also say its price and warranty make it a good value. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.0
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Hyundai Veloster

#32 in Affordable Small Cars

Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Veloster has a well-equipped cabin, good gas mileage and a composed ride, but may disappoint drivers who put a premium on performance. Read full review»

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Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
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Jeep Compass

#21 in Affordable Compact SUVs

Reviewers say although the 2014 Jeep Compass is a decent option for shoppers attracted to its low base price, it lacks the power, standard features and off-road prowess offered by higher-ranking compact SUVs. Read full review»

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Overall:5.7
Critics' Rating:5.4
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.4
Safety:7.7
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Jeep Patriot

#21 in Affordable Compact SUVs

Reviewers say that the 2014 Jeep Patriot falls short of the competition with its underpowered engines and cheap interior materials. Read full review»

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Overall:5.7
Critics' Rating:5.1
Performance:5.7
Interior:6.3
Safety:7.8
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Kia Forte

#4 in Affordable Small Cars

Test drivers recommend the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte, saying it is comfortable, has a spacious interior and trunk and has lots of easy-to-use tech features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.1
Safety:8.1
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Kia Rio

#9 in Affordable Small Cars

A peppy engine, roomy cabin and lots of available features make the 2014 Kia Rio a worthy competitor in a crowded field, test drivers say. It also has one of the longest warranties ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.2
Safety:8.5
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